— John Hurley was out in the cold Friday at Roberts Elementary School.

Hurley, principal of the school in the Utica district, spent the day on the building’s roof as winds of 10-15 mph whipped the wintry air around him.

The principal assumed his perch in the mid-30-degree chill to reward students for exceeding a fundraising goal for Roberts’ Parent Teacher Organization. Students held a “Fun Run” Oct. 15, and the principal told them he’d take to the roof for a day if they raised more than $10,000.

The students collected $12,000 to support PTO classroom grants and school-wide assemblies, district spokesman Tim McAvoy said.

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